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The Crow Road | [Iain Banks]

The Crow Road

It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God, and illegal substances.…
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Publisher's Summary

It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.

Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God, and illegal substances.…

©1992 Iain Banks (P)2013 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

"Riveting...exhilarating...its pace, development, intensity, and, above all, its hip and sexy humour never allow it to flag. Banks reinforces his credentials as one of the most able, energetic, and stimulating writers in the UK." (Time Out)

"As fine and ambitious a novel as any from a Scottish writer since the 1960s." (New Statesman)

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  • Rachel
    Andover, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Highly enjoyable"

    The Crow Road is one of those books that draws you in from the very first line, which in this case is a rather memorable "It was the day my grandmother exploded." Set in Scotland and beautifully read by Peter Kenny, whose interpretation of Prentice McHoan (and all the other characters through whom the story is told) is spot on. Without wanting to give away any spoilers, the story is quite dark in places, concerning as it does a "perfect" murder, but peppered with dark humour and great characterisation. The Crow Road is not only a street in Glasgow but is also an expression for death as in "He's away the Crow Road", and the suitability of this as a title becomes more apparent as the book progresses. I found it very enjoyable to listen to, and recommend it without hesitation.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    34 Lower Breakish, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "The Crow Road"

    When a book starts with such a brilliant line as The Crow Road does it can be downhill after that but not in this case. Set in a fictitious village in Argyll in Scotland (part of the fun is trying to place exactly where the village is) this is a brilliantly written family saga in which the plot is revealed as the narrator's life unravels. The narration by Peter Kenny's reading of the book is excellent; drawing you in and making you believe in the characters. I may have read The Crow Road many times but I was still enthralled while listening to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    5/19/13
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    "Laugh out Loud"

    Have so enjoyed this book it makes you laugh out loud. Never read or heard anything from this author before. Thank you to another Audible reviewer I have now found a gem

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • zac
    north walsham, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "a great book beautifully read"

    This is a particular favourite, both as a book and the Short TV series that was produced, so the risk was it wouldn't meet expectations... on listening to this it not only met but surpassed all the expectations, and is one of the best Audio books I have listened to so far. It's well read and Peter Kenny really brings to life the characters... The only disappointment of the listen was that it had to come to an end, well worth a listen....



    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M
    LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "My first taste of Ian Banks"
    What made the experience of listening to The Crow Road the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story,who amongst us guys hasn`t ached for a girl,and completely overlooked the one girl who`s always there for us. I`m guilty,lots of us are.Then the love story is wrapped around a thriller which gradually unfolds to end with a thrilling climax.Classic!
    Peter Kenny has narrated every Ian Banks book that i`ve listened to so far,he`s good at it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It`s a love story for guys,without being too sloppy.The main character makes believable blunders,and has no idea of where he`s going in life until it`s almost to late. But not quite!


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He fits these stories as if they were written for him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no.I wanted to know the ending but I didn`t want to rush the journey.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
    London, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud funny"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Kenneth. The way he taught his children was amazing and his stories really appealed to me, even the made-up ones were very clever.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    The children. Peter Kenny is probably my favorite narrator so far. It is very difficult for an adult to narrate children without affectation. I have found that most adult attempts at narrating or dubbing children is annoying and even pitiful and ridiculous. Peter Kenny manages to narrate everyone, even the children without affectation and very amusingly too.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a lot. Iain Banks has an incredibly witty and often very dark sense of humor which I love.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    READING, United Kingdom
    2/14/13
    Overall
    "Superb"

    The Crow Road is one of my all time favorite books, and Peter Kenny has brought it to life in his usual brilliant manner.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    3/4/14
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    "Great fun"

    Very enjoyable, utterly satisfying family saga and coming of age tale, full of family secrets and discoveries. Iain Banks's humour really twinkled wryly throughout and Peter Kenny's narration was great.

    My only criticism would be that it took me a while to get used to the jumping back and forth in time in the beginning and I sometimes wasn't sure who was who and when was when. I'm sure that this is a problem only with the format and you would probably follow this much more easily if you were reading on paper - just takes a bit of concentration at first on audio. (Might be me, I tend to listen whilst cooking & cleaning and sometimes the attention drifts.)
    Anyway, enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    London, United Kingdom
    9/8/14
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    "Iain Banks at his best"
    Any additional comments?

    Great book, gripping story and perfect to listen to on a long weekend in Scotland. Peter Kenny did a good job reading this book with a posh Scottish accent but I gave only 4 performance stars as I would have expected the book to be narrated with a stronger Argyll accent :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/19/13
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    "Iain Banks has moments of sheer brilliance"

    The performance is like 90% cocoa chocolate you're a bit low. There are bits when the writing is totally absorbing and brilliant. If this was my first Iain Banks it might have got a 5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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